Source for buttons

I'm currently working on a sweater that will eventually require some buttons, and I'd like to use something a little more special than the plastic ones you buy on a card at the fabric store. Can anyone suggest an online source that has a good inventory of interesting buttons? I'm looking for understated quality rather than flashy. Glass, maybe? Metal? Bone?

yarn, the new crack

Last night I was at a local knit night at another LYS. I used to avoid this one as pretentious and stuffy, too precious and expensive, and then in a stroke of marketing genious, this upber-white, waspy store hired the only black woman working in a PDX LYS. Thank DOG for Terrisa (that is the correct's a Quaker spelling, I am told). Now the store rings with laughter and humour, and a bit more champagne during the knit nights. HOWEVER....damn yarn sale. After last weekend's unexpected yarn adventure, I promised myself that I would buy NO MORE. That vow lasted a whopping 5 days: Tahki Donegal tweed at 30% off. How could I possibly resist? I was good boy, though....I only bought $40 worth. (IT'S A MIRACLE!) 2/16/07....15 hats knit thus far... I wish I had thought to photograph them all before I sent them away. Love to you all from misty Portland.


Grrrrr...the lace yarn I've been waiting on arrived. It's beautiful 50/50 wool and silk. I've cast on now 3 times and have gotten about six rows into the pattern...then poof..I somehow, added six stiches into the pattern (well not exactly somehow), I got too big for my britches and stopped paying attention. I'm determined to conquer this but right now I just need to vent. Damn Lace!


I got bored with the sweater I was making because it is all knit stitches, so I decided to make a sweater for my husband's favorite aunt. Since she's Greek, and very proud of it, I decided to incorporate a Greek key pattern. I'm doing it in a double knit so that it will be pretty on both sides. It's being knit with Cascade 220 on size 10 needles, to keep it soft. Here's a picture of the work in progress.

I was under the weather on Superbowl Sunday. Did anyone make it to their LYS for the Superbowl sales? Pick up anything interesting?

Fingerless gloves

Well I liked the Knucks on knitty but did not like the thickness of the fabric. So I made a bulky pair out of Malabrigo on 6's. They turned out pretty well though next time I'll make the pinkies smaller. I keep accumulating small balls of malabrigo as my sock pattern and mitten patterns leave about 10 ercent of the skein. I'll have to do a scrap project.

A book

Dear Men,

I was wondering if some of you would like to help me out. I have been mulling over the notion that writing a book might be a good idea. I was first thinking about a romance novel with two people madly in love romping in fields...but I am without experience in this category. Then I thought, "What about a book about skiing?" No, too many and that is a VERY small audience.

Then I arrived at my conclusion, "I'll write a book about knitting." Not such a bad idea, right? Well, I can manage the words fairly well, but I do have about as much experience with patterning as G.W. Bush has in facing Mecca for evening prayer (read: none). So, will you help?

Here's my time line - I would like to have three chapters completed by the middle of May. I will then begin with my effort to find a literary agent, and with any luck sell the idea to a publishing house. Any of your help will be sincerely appreciated, and you will receive full credit for your work.

I would like to print anything that will be interesting to a man with respect to both creating and receiving. That's the challenge. Up for it?


New to knitting.

I only started to learn to knit several weeks ago and I really haven't gotten to far into it. I have basics down pretty good, but the only thing that is holding me back is that I am finding that it takes a while to finish a project. I also just learned to crochet and that is a much quicker medium, but I do enjoy knitting much more.

I'm just going to have to learn to have some patience and not rush it. I have so many ideas running thru my head at the moment that I can't concentrate on just one thing at a time. hehe.

Well anyways... Wish me luck and I hope I can find some help and moral support on here.


Walking the JayWalkers' path....

JayWalkers #2

Started: 22nd December 2006
Finished: 14th February 2007
Yarn: Regia Canadian Colour 4-ply sock yarn, colour #4733 "Ottawa"
Needle: 2.5 mm/ US #1/#2 Inox dpns
Pattern: JayWalker by Grumperina on MagKnits

At last I finished my second pair of JayWalkers. Although it seems that my gauge had tightened when I came to the second one (the one below - notice the toe, there's no pink stripe going through the brown), so it turned out somewhat smaller than the first....although I have to say that the stripings match up almost perfectly on both socks.

I've washed them already but won't be wearing them just yet...maybe on this Sunday to SnB.

JayWalkers #3

Started: 1st February 2007
Finished: WIP
Yarn: Lana Grossa's Meilenweit Magico, colour #2528
Needle: 2 mm/ US #1 Addi Turbos circs
Pattern: JayWalker by Grumperina on MagKnits

I've also started my first Project Spectrum.

This is the first time I'm doing a sock on MagicLoop and I really like the technique. I also like DPNs....however I'm not very fond of the 2 circs it seems that I would stick to using either DPNs or MagicLoop for now on and reserving 2 circs for when I don't have spare needles. (I ordered the Addi Turbo extra for doing MagicLoop)

I have to admit though that I've started this before February, but ended having to frog the whole thing out and start again. I started off using the 2.5 mm Addis (my usual size for socks), brushing aside what I've heard about the gauge being looser with Addi Turbos than with normal knitting needles....I got about 3/4 of the leg in the picture done and asked an opinion of my friend, who rightly pointed out that it seemed too loose. So I ended up frogging the whole thing and restarting with 2 mm Addis instead.

And, yes, it's another JayWalker. I know, I'm so pathetic. But really, I can't find any other patterns that I like out there....most of the challenging sock patterns seem to gear towards women, i.e. lacey...and I don't think that I want any holes in my socks, thank you very much. If it's something for men, it's kinda dull with chunky cables. It's also a dilemma that I don't want to just knit a pair of simple stockinette socks because it's just going to bore me to death....but maybe it might be a good mindless knitting. I might attempt it. But for now, it's JayWalker all the way. :-p

Anyway, hope you guys have a good week...and also a great weekend coming up. Take care!

Food for the ears: "All by myself" - Jackie O'Neal, Soundtrack from The Bridget Jones's Diary. Listen to the song on my Vox